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Don't fall foul of dangerous ladders during DIY

Thinking of a spring spruce up with a bit of DIY work? Take extra care if you're using telescopic ladders.

telescopic ladder

Our trading standards officers carried out investigations into telescopic ladders which led to over 32,000 sets being withdrawn from sale.

Telescopic ladders have become increasingly popular in recent years because they fold away and can be easily stored. However, their pyramid-style operation can require up to 32 locking mechanisms and just one faulty part can lead to the ladder collapsing.

All 13 types of ladders which we tested alongside colleagues from Derby City Council, Leicestershire County Council and Northamptonshire County Council failed to meet the industry standard they claimed to.

Almost all of the ladders were easily damaged during testing. In the worst case, a ladder snapped beneath the test load.

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We're continuing to work with the Ladder Association and the Health and Safety Executive to improve ladder safety in the UK, and have raised our concerns about the safety of telescopic ladders with the Government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

To report any concerns or for consumer advice contact Citizens Advice Consumer Centre tel: 03454 04 05 06.